Serena Williams beats Viktoriya Tomova to reach Wimbledon third round

Serena Williams beats Viktoriya Tomova to reach Wimbledon third round

Serena Williams beats Viktoriya Tomova to reach Wimbledon third round

In the men's draw, 13th-seeded Milos Raonic and No. 11 Sam Querrey also advanced in straight sets.

This, in turn, helped some of the top female players get the spotlight.

Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, is chasing the all-time women's record of nine Wimbledon singles titles, held by Martina Navratilova.

Since giving birth to her daughter previous year, Serena Williams has returned to the court, beating some of the highest-ranked players out there. That match was briefly interrupted by a swarm of flying ants.

"They're in my mouth and in my hair and everywhere - we need to do something".

Williams needed a few games to get going, but once she found her rhythm it was one-way traffic for the American, who notched the 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory in just under two hours. Then I spent the rest of the time with her when she woke up. "For my body, [breastfeeding] didn't work, no matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did; it didn't work for me".

Venus reached her ninth Wimbledon final a year ago, but the American star was denied a sixth title by Garbine Muguruza.

Making her 21st Wimbledon appearance, 38-year-old Venus is the oldest woman in this year's tournament.

"What I've learned through the experience is that every person is different, every physical body is different", she explained, adding, "I think it's important for us to share that message". If that's working for me I'm all for it. "That's just not me", the 36-year-old, who wore flesh-coloured compression tights to help with blood clots during the match, told reporters.

The ninth seed will play either Kiki Bertens or Anna Blinkova next.

Earlier, Karolina Pliskova outplayed Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, to reach the third round.

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